@Rock and Roll Ken Doll I spent a summer at Penland and while I am sincerely serious about the Craft Arts, I also encourage you to pursue blacksmithing or another of the manly arts as a way to seduce women. Chicks think it's hot. 15 years ago I basically closed the deal with my wife by taking her for a tour of the cooperative woodshop I was sharing. She was super impressed despite the fact that I was jobless, directionless and wasn't even working on any projects at the time.
I love traveling alone- especially in Europe. When I am by myself I have a tendency to drive myself nuts trying to fill up every second of my time, trying to make sure I get the most out of the experience, staying buy so I won't notice that I am alone. A friend had some great advice which is to stay somewhere that can function as your evening's entertainment. A hotel with a couple of pleasant bistros close-by and a nice bar in the lobby is what I usually try to find. I make sure to have a clear itinerary for the next day before I go to bed and wrap up my day at home base. Before I discovered this I spent a couple of exhausting trips traipsing around seeing the sites and then trying to to find the hippest night spot I could. Once I was able to give that up I've been having the time of my life!